So close to Christmas, the next flagship vehicle of the “TUNE IT! SAFE!” campaign will be entering the New Year under the patronage of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI). Premium tyre manufacturer Hankook has been the official partner and founding member of the initiative for safe and legal tuning since the very beginning. Tyres play a key role when it comes to road safety, which is why, starting from Spring 2021, the “TUNE IT! SAFE!” BMW 850i xDrive Coupé will feature UHP Ventus S1 evo 3 tyres in 255/30 ZR21 (VA) and 295/25 ZR21 (HA). During the cold season, it will feature i*cept evo 3 winter tyres in 245/35R20 W (VA) and 275/30R20 V (HA). This year, the vehicle will be unveiled at the vehicle sponsor at BMW World in Munich, since the Essen Motor Show could not take place as it usually does.
“It’s especially unfortunate that we haven’t been able to present the new and, as always, spectacular “TUNE IT! SAFE!” 2021 project vehicle in front of a live audience at the Essen Motor Show. This is the first time in history that it has had to be cancelled. At the same time, however, we are delighted to have the opportunity to present the 850i xDrive Police BMW at BMW World in Munich,” says Roland Hehner, Head of Product and Tuning at Hankook Tire Germany.
It’s not just the police speedster’s sporty aesthetics that are impressive. The car has been optimised for the tuning community by AC Schnitzer. Some of its features include an aerodynamics package, silencer and lowered suspension spring set on matching Hankook tyres. The tuned vehicle also scores high on performance. With its V8 Biturbo engine, the vehicle reaches 620 horsepower in 3.8 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h (62mph), and reaches a top speed of up to 250 km/h (locked, 155mph).
The tyre is always listed at the top of the tuning measures, which is why Hankook as a tyre manufacturer has been particularly involved in the “TUNE IT! SAFE!” campaign since the beginning. The Ventus S1 evo 3 immediately achieved a top place among 53 brands in the Auto Bild 2019 summer tyre test. Like its predecessors, it offers a very safe and sporty, yet comfortable driving experience in both wet and dry conditions. Consequently, the new Ventus S1 evo 3 also impressed across the board in the test and was awarded “Exemplary”. Last year’s “TUNE IT! SAFE!” vehicles, both the BMW i8 (2019) and the ABT Sportsline RS4-R (2020), were able to count on the quality of this tyre.
The recently launched Winter i*cept evo 3 received the top rating “Exemplary” twice in independent tyre tests by Europe’s leading automotive magazine Auto Bild and its sister publication Auto Bild sportscars. For the first time, Hankook’s development engineers opted for a directional tread pattern for their new winter flagship tyre. This not only provides excellent grip on snow, but also helps to effectively reduce the risk of aquaplaning, among other things.
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